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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Feeling bookish...

It's a glorious, sunny day off! I hope to drop in on Micah and the girls a little later. Micah parked in my driveway yesterday evening, unloaded her bike and went for a 4 mile ride. She's training for a half-marathon in the fall. Biking is her cross-training option. She's following a training schedule she found online and she and hubby are both doing some running. He's aiming for a 5k. Ah yes. They're young...

Meanwhile, my idea of sport has been ordering books. ;) I've missed the packages coming in the mail and, although I try to be frugal, I have managed to find a few interesting titles.

A week or so ago I received The Annie Dillard Reader. I read something by her in one of my literature classes a few years ago and thought it would be enjoyable to read more. Also, I received my copy of The Worm Forgives the Plough. (I think we'll need to have a group read of this since several of us have bought it!)
Yesterday I received Down the Garden Path. This was published in 1935 by Beverly Nichols. It's part of a trilogy. I had the last two books already, but was waiting for this one to begin reading them. I ordered it last summer and it got lost in the mail. Being cheap, I refused to order another copy and kept hoping the errant copy would arrive. But, I could wait no longer, so here is the copy I ordered recently. I'm showing you a couple of pages so you can see  his writing style. I look forward to these books as pleasant light reading material. Very English. ;)
You'll probably need to click on the images to enlarge them.

Of course, you could  read a sample on Amazon as well.
The other two in the triology are "A Thatched Roof" and "A Village in a Valley".
I now await the arrival of "White Road", which MK so highly recommends. This sounds like something I would have read as a teenager. I was especially interested in stories of the holocaust and the miraculous journey of the Jewish people from war torn Europe to their promised land. White Road takes place during the Russian Revolution. (I see MK has a post with some quotations from the book, here.)This will be an interesting read, I think. Thanks, MK, for the suggestion!
My step-granddaughter, Kristen, will have her 11th birthday at the end of this month. She lives far away in Maryland and is rather horse crazy. She's taking English riding lessons right now. I decided, instead of the usual card with money, to buy her a book that I read when I was about her age. In fact, I believe my parents gave it to me for my birthday. Have you ever read the story of Wild Horse Annie? Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West is a wonderful book for any horse crazy girl in your life. :) The copy I found on Amazon was in beautiful shape (not the one pictured below) and I think she'll be delighted with it. I remember very fondly, my horse crazy days riding my little horse all over creation. Now that was freedom!
I believe I'll hop over to MK's blog and read that post I mentioned above. Have a beautiful day, everyone!

Shalom! :)


  1. Ah, Beverley Nichols. You have treasures there!

  2. Isn't it lovely to have several books just waiting to be enjoyed? Recently I was talking to my second oldest granddaughter and she mentioned that she's reading no less than 30 books at the same time. All are non-fiction so its not like she gets "mixed up" when she dips into one or another but I thought Wow! That is so great. ( She's the girl who just got her Masters in Library Science). I know, I'm another proud granny. Hope your day off is relaxing and refreshing.

    1. I'd like to be able to read lots of books at one time, but I think I WOULD get mixed up!

  3. Lisa, let me know how you like The Worm forgives the Plow; I've wanted to read it but keep forgetting. sigh

  4. What a wonderful booky post! That one book looks so much like Miss Read -- very calm, tranquil, English garden village. I feel as if I must find a copy of "The Worm Forgives the Plow" since GJ has quoted it so often, and now you are reading it -- am I missing out? :) My mother has sent me another of Olga Ilyin's books, this time a novel set in Russia, called "The St. Petersburg Affair." It's next on my list!


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